April Business Breakfast featuring Michael Cawley, Chairman, Fáilte Ireland, in association with the Irish Examiner
Cork Chamber is delighted to welcome Michael Cawley, Chair of Fáilte Ireland as the guest speaker at the upcoming April Business Breakfast, in association with the Irish Examiner.
Michael was appointed as Fáilte Ireland Chairman in 2014 when the tourism industry was just beginning to emerge from a period of contraction during the recession. Since then, Fáilte Ireland have launched numerous successful initiatives to help develop tourism products around the country, such as the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and the rebranding of Dublin as well as a large number of other smaller regional projects.
This is an opportunity for you to hear directly from Michael on Fáilte Ireland’s plans to support continued growth in the tourism sector and how they are preparing to approach potential future challenges such as the impact Brexit will have on UK visitor numbers.
A Chartered Accountant, Michael has also worked in a number of different industries including distribution and manufacturing. He spent 17 years working in Ryanair where he was Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive from 2003 until he left the company in 2014. During Michael’s time with Ryanair the airline route network increased from 12 routes to over 1,600 and its passenger numbers from 3 million to 81.5 million.
In addition to his role as Chairman with of Fáilte Ireland, Michael serves as a Non Executive Director of Ryanair, Paddy Power and Kingspan Group. He is also Chairman of Hostelworld.